Refusal of Joachim`s Offer (1502 – 1503) by Albrecht Durer

Refusal of Joachim`s Offer - Albrecht Durer - 1502 - 1503

Artwork Information

TitleRefusal of Joachim`s Offer
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1502 - 1503
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Refusal of Joachim`s Offer

The artwork titled “Refusal of Joachim’s Offer” was created by the artist Albrecht Dürer between 1502 and 1503. This piece is a woodcut, illustrative of the Northern Renaissance art movement and falls under the genre of religious painting. Currently, the artwork resides in the Albertina museum located in Vienna, Austria.

The woodcut presents a detailed scene set within an architectural space, possibly a temple, indicated by the large arch and hanging lamp. The central focus of the composition is an event taking place at an altar, where a priest appears to be rejecting an offering from a figure, presumably Joachim. He is placed in a submissive stance, and his gesture seems to convey shock or dismay. Surrounding them is a crowd of onlookers, their expressions ranging from indifference to interest and concern. A young boy is situated in the foreground, drawing attention with his contrasting size and detached activity. The attention to detail in the drapery, the varying textures, and the expressiveness of the figures exemplify Dürer’s mastery of the woodcut medium and his ability to convey narrative depth. The artwork likely depicts a biblical story, serving as a visual exegesis for its contemporary audience.

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